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thank you so much for joining me today. "cnn newsroom" continues right now. hello, everyone. i'm ashleigh banfield. three of his best friends are charged. the question today, who else among dzhokhar tsarnaev family and friends in the united states or around the world maybe ensnarled in this investigation. it was in this hour yesterday we learned feds brought obstruction of justice charges to three new suspects. sources also tell us the wife of the dead bomb suspect, tamerlan tsarnaev, spoke with him by telephone the night police put out both brothers pictures and identified them as suspects.
this is katherine russell. it's a picture from a shoplifting bust back in 2007. what exactly are we hearing about dzhokhar's friends and what they allegedly did in new bedford that's led to so much trouble for them? >> a lot of trouble. this is where the four friends last saw each other. it's where the three other friends came after superior ntsd been named as person of interest. one of the students texted, he says, hey, you look an awful like the guy that's in the
video. dzhokhar tsarnaev texted back lol. you better not -- the three friends decide to go to the dorm room and according to the complaint, they watch a movie. then they realize he's left his backpack. they look inside. there are fireworks containers and they are empty. one of them dias decides he's going to take the black backpack and toss it away. >> we heard from the father. i want to play a little bit of the interview he gave. >> i can say about my son is he finished school with excellent grades. when he saw help was needed, he
also accommodated. >> there is. they met here when they were freshman back in 2011. today we got a message from the university saying the only person who was enrolled as a student was one of the kazakhstan gentleman. he's been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation. >> we're learning more about katherine russell as well and what she may have or may not have known or told investigators. what are you hearing? >> reporter: what we're being told is right after the pictures were released -- this is really crucial for the fbi. they released the pictures and there is a record of a phone call being placed from kooth ry -- katherine russell to tamerlan tsarnaev. not clear on the content of what
that phone call was. she could have called law enforcement and not called her husband first. some argue there is husband-what kind of privilege. they're looking at that very closely because they want to understand how katherine was involved in this. >> all right. thank you for that. you know in cases like this there is the law, and then there are the facts and a whole lot of skills that might be best learned in a poker game. alan dershowitz joins me live. you were here as the news was breaking yesterday. the net is getting wider. three more suspects. do you suspect at this point
we're going to hear about the arrests? >> it suggests they had no prior plan. they had to make a decision at the last minute. we're not going to see very much more developing from the three people arrested. it was the wife of the older brother. that is the key to any further investigation. if anybody knows anything about what happened earlier during his six months away, it is she. now, she may know nothing. there's a chicken egg problem here too. if she was part of any conspiracy, than that phone call she made was criminal. if she was not part of it -- if she tells the truth, it will depends on what the truth is. >> investigators aren't telling us. my thought is they're not
telling many people at this point what is the content of that telephone call when she could ed called her husband. is it her duty to respond and call investigators and say, i know where my husband is and you can find him here. >> it is her duty as a citizen. >> is it her legal duty? >> unless she's part of the conspiracy, it is not her legal duty. there is this misdemeanor statute called mis -- of felony. h had she reported it, the life of the m.i.t. policeman might have saved and the injury to the other policeman. morally, she is very responsible for not having the right thing. she might say it was my husband, i had a duty to him.
it doesn't apply when it's part of the crime. that begs the question if she didn't commit any crime, if she's just listening like a good wife, than her moral duty is different than her legal duty. >> katy from rhode island had a big transformation. she wears not only the he jab, but -- >> even if she's under the influence, that doesn't affect her legal ability. >> that's where i'm curious where the investigation will go. thank you very much for your insight. as we continue to follow what's happening in boston, with regard to katy there's a lot more coming up as we continue this work. piers interior gone is going to ask what could the wife have
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>> i really thought he had intentions to kill me. >> reporter: arias insists it was self-defense when she killed her ex-boyfriend. >> he lifted me up. as he was screaming i was a stupid idiot, he body slammed me on the tile. >> reporter: despite days of grueling cross-examination -- >> no, i wasn't asked. >> reporter: during the testimony arias never seemed to defuate from her version of what happened. the one thing jodi arias claims she can't remember is the actual killing of travis alexander. some of the toughest questions came from jurors, who were
allowed to submit them to the judge. >> why is it that you have no memory of stabbing travis? >> i can't really explain why my mind did what it did. >> reporter: since her arrest more than four years ago, arias has told three different versions of what happened. first, claiming she wasn't there. >> i wasn't there. >> be honest with me. >> i was not at travis's house. >> reporter: after police confronted her with evidence she was there, she said her and travis was victims of a home invasion robbery. >> after all the lies you told, why should we believe you now? >> lying isn't typically something i just do. >> reporter: the defense case featured the x rated details of her sex life and heard a phone sex recording between her and alexander. the defense used two expert
witnesses, a psychologist testified that the holes in her memory were likely because of ptsd. >> and our ted rowlands joins us live. there is no secret there are a lot of attorneys out there that say cases can be won or lost at closing arguments or opening statements. i wonder what the feeling is around that courthouse after four months of just grueling trial testimony. >> reporter: well, i tell you it is very impairtive today. this is an opportunity for both sides to take those details that have come up over the past four months and weave them into their version of events. a highly anticipated day.
40 people outside trying to get in the courthouse. a lot of people anxious to see what transpires today and watch attorneys at work. >> just remind me of the technical aspect of what's going to happen, every jurisdiction is a little different. this judge will charge the jury the jury's instructions and then they get to hear the actual arguments, but when do they choose who's going to be on the panel? >> they will do that last. they will identify the alternate jurors after everything else is done. they'll start with the jury instructions. the prosecution will get one more bite at the apple and have the final word here. only then will the jurors that are not on the panel, learn they will be alternates. >> you have a busy day ahead of
you. thank you. i want to remind you that you can watch the closing arguments wall to wall in fact today on hln and also on cnn.com and then tomorrow from the disturbing phone sex recordings that came out in court, to her stunning testimony that had jaws dropping each day she was on the stand, the riveting courtroom drama continues to pull back the curtains on the violent death of travis alexander. you can watch the anderson cooper special report, sex, lies, and audio tape, the jodi arias trial tomorrow night on cnn. there is another jury in philadelphia that has been working very hard to deal with the story of an abortion doctor accused of a gruesome and unthinkable set of acts.
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trial of an abortion doctor accused of running a house of horrors. dr. gosnell is charged in the deaths of four babies and a 41-year-old patient. the trial was filled with gruesome testimony of babies being allegedly killed with sizsors. sunny, can you give us an update on just the proceedings at this point? is anyone talking, any of the lawyers as these jurors continue this tough task? >> there's a gag order in this case. so while we have seen the lawyers coming in and out of the courtroom, they aren't speaking to us. i will tell you the jury has asked a couple of questions but most of the questions have had to deal with his codefendant,
dr. o neil. there are about 19 charges, about 258 counts against this doctor. i do want to give you a little bit of color from the courtroom because we covered some of these trials together. in the middle of the courtroom, in the well, as an exhibit that's been there from the entire beginning of the case, is the actual examine nation table plus the stirrups. this jury has looked at the dingy medical equipment from the beginning. >> that is odd. weigh in for me. i have in courtrooms where jurors weren't allowed to revisit some of the physical evidence, even after sending
note to the judges, they're been denied to rehear some testimony. why do you suppose it's been allowed that this equipment had been on view of everyone in the courtroom since the beginning? >> first of all, it is very compelling to have that evidence right in the middle of the courtroom, but that is only a fraction of the horrific evidence in this case. certainly having it for the jury to look at all this time is into the good for the defendant. but we're talking about pictures of horrific -- if you read the grand jury report, this jury has been exposed to photographs you can't unremember. i've seen them. i've read the report. in light of all the gruesome evidence, the stirrups and the items in the middle of the
courtroom are probably the least of the defense's worries when it comes to influential evidence this jury is seeing. the photographs are of fetuses with the back of their neck snipped. you can see babies in the garbage. frankly the stirrups are unusual, they are probably the least compelling evidence for this jury. >> i just wanted to bring your attention to something i've been seeing a lot here. it is pretty clear what the message is. it's boston strong, that's a message that's taking the country by storm and raising a lot of money as well for the boston bombing victims. you see these two youngsters, they are the creators of this
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you have heard it said over and over, boston strong. that became a rallying cry for this city immediately after the marathon bombings and it also became a show of unity and defiance. hats and t-shirts and other products with that slogan are helping raise a lot of money. joining me now are college kids that came up with the idea of the popular t. shirts. this is nick and lane. it was you and your friends chris in the dorm room, or wherever it was, you came up with this literally overnight.
>> we were watching the news and feeling really helpless. we felt like we couldn't do anything. around 9:00 that night, chris turned to me and said, how about t-shirts? we started getting everyone on board. >> this was within hours. >> absolutely. >> you had this out. >> we were up by 10:00 p.m. that night. we sold 60 t-shirts before we went to bed that night. >> you kind of live nearby and all of a sudden it was all hands on deck and had to join the team. >> probably about 10 minutes they create it had name and idea with the t-shirt, i hopped on and said how can we get to the masses? >> you're a communications major. >> i try. i try. yes. we've been tweeting and using
facebook and instagram. we're trying to just get the image of boston strong out there. >> i am seeing people walk all over the place in these t-shirt. how many have you sold. >> a little over 60,000. >> and you're in college? >> yeah. >> how much money has that raised? >> it is going to the one fund and we have raised a little over 750,000. >> that's three quarters of a million dollars you've been able to do from your dorm room. what's your goal? >> our goal is one million. >> so the pitch would be go to aim to the people.com. >> that's who is selling our t-shirts. >> that's all words, no numbers.
a hundr a hundred percent of the proceeds go to one fund. the boston strong t-shirts aren't the only items of clothing bringing in a lot of money for the one fund. you might remember the be strong hats. we were showing you these on monday. i spoke to the owner. 47 brands the company that makes those. we spoke to him a short while ago, as of today, those sales are a little over a million dollars. he was about 750,000 when he was on our show as well. he got that sale up to over a million. hopefully our college kids will be able to do that as well. a big deal as one world
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the top of that tall building. the building will be 17,076 feet tall. that would be the third tallest in the world. surely coincident tal this is happening today on the second anniversary of bin laden. 17,076 one of america's most important dates and wonderful to see this coming into fruition live on your television. ♪ ♪ >> a lot of people know that song. that was chris kelly during what's believed to his last
performance earlier this year in atlanta, georgia. kelly half of the 90s wrap group krisz cross. he later died at an atlanta hospital. he gained stardom in the 90s for the rap single jump. they were famous for wearing their clothes backwards. his death is being investigated now as a drug overdose. they were around 13 back then. chris kelly was just 34 years old. the michael jackson wrongful death trial is turning into an all out blame game and it seems to boil down to this, did conrad murray work for the pop legend or aeg live. alan duke is on the phone from
los angeles and also danny is going to try to join us in just a moment. we have heard about the long list of celebrities, but that's not how this trial began. >> this is the gruesome part of it. we heard from the doctor who did the autopsy on michael jackson. we heard the gruesome testimony in the criminal trial of dr. murray. that is an important part of this trial so the jury understands just what happened to the pop star. >> and tell me a little bit about some of the evidence that we're going to have coming up in this case and what they've already introduced and why it is so critical to proving such a key point in the allegations. >> well, they have to prove that aeg hired or supervised or retained, not necessarily all three of those, dr. conrad
murray. one of the detectives testified it was his initial theory in the investigation that dr. murray was motivated by financial gain. he was in severe financial distress. his clinic -- his home was being foreclosed on. that is why he cut corners. that's key because that is what the jackson's are trying to say, that dr. murray was being paid so much he would do whatever and they're saying it was under the influence of aeg live. >> he's serving time for that crime. now it is in essence who hired him. an american citizen taxi driver, also a veteran of the iraq war, a passenger in the
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passengers accused of being just like the boston suspects and then attacked him and fractured his jaw. he is a united states army reservist who risked his life for all americans by serving in the iraq war. he says the attack happened in the washington, d.c. area and he recorded it on his cell phone. >> [ bleep ] they're blowing people up all over the world. >> who me? >> yes, you [ bleep ] if you're muslim you're a [ bleep ] jihadist. >> i'm going to call you right now. i'm going to call you to the police. >> [ bleep ]. >> whatever you're saying is recorded -- now you're punching me? you're punching me. >> salim is a naturalized united states citizen who emigrated
from somalia 15 years ago. he was also a guest last night on piers morgan. here is what he said when he was asked how he feels about what happened to him. >> that's right. i was really offended. after i served the country, i sacrificed my life, this country. i love america. i'm a soldier. like this guy the way he was accusing me because i'm a -- muslim. that's really, really hurtful. it hurts a lot. >> ed dahlberg of clifton, virginia has now been charged with misdemeanor assault and in a statement from his attorney he denied hitting salim. american islamic relations is urging the virginia prosecutors to designate this attack as a
hate crime. first and foremost, why the difference? what would make a difference between that misdemeanor assault and a designation of a hate crime? how would that change the game? >> very important difference. it goes from a misdemeanor to a felony. a m.d. is punishable by up to one year in prison. felony are punishable by up to more years in federal prison. it is a far more serious charge in a hate crime. >> you can hear the victim in this crime saying why are you doing this, and the suspect now saying because you're a muslim. is that cut and dry what many people call slam dunk?
>> that is as close to a slam dunk as i can imagine in a criminal case. i am a little bit surprised this wasn't charged as a hate crime right away. you don't often get hate crimes with the evidence is recorded on a phone. it is clearly a hate crime, if in fact he struck the victim. his attorney is saying he did not strike mr. salim. mr. salim says he was struck and was injured. but certainly the expression of racial and religious hatred is clearly demonstrated in the cell phone. so good evidence to use in court and if it's an injury, it's a felony under virginia law. >> let's just remind everyone this is a united states veteran who fought for this country in
iraq. paul, thank you for your insight as always. a five-year-old boy gets a gun for that birthday present and now his two-year-old sister is dead because of the the gun. a tragic accident devastated the family. that conversation is ahead. when you vote for flo, we'll have discounts. ice-cream discounts. multi-cookie discounts. pizza loyalty discounts! [ kids chanting "flo!" ] i also have some great ideas on car insurance. [ silence ] finding you discounts since back in the day. call or click today. i like her.
kentucky to tell you right now. a five-year-old boy shot his two-year-old sister as his mother stepped out of the house for a few minutes. what is the back story? what happened here and how are the authorities treating this case right now? >> they are treating it very carefully right now. they're treating it knowing they have a family that's been devastated by all this. this was on wednesday. it was during the day. a mother home watching her two children. she steps out of the house to empty a mop bucket and in that instant she hears the gunshot. she races inside and sees that her son shot his sister with a rifle he received for his birthday. it physically makes you ill. you can't imagine what the family is going through. the uncle did try to put it into
words. here is what he said. >> i mean, it is just tragic. it is something that you can't prepare for. >> that is certainly is no way prepare for something like that, ashleigh. >> martin, what's the story here in terms of how investigators are looking at this case? is this something where they are amassing evidence for perhaps a negligence issue when it comes to the parents? there was a report this gun was left in a corner and that there'd been a shell that had been left in it that they didn't know about. what are they looking at when they're trying to deal with evidence? >> and clearly that is the first thing they're looking at here. was this some sort of case an instance of bad parenting. that's an issue that many we know that gun control is a very sensitive debate that's going on in this country right now, and there are those who point to this and say, aha, this could have made a difference. but those who say it would not make a difference at all. in other words, background checks wouldn't have changed the tragic outcome. this is ben ferguson, he was on
piers morgan last night. he's a conservative talk show host. here's how he framed it. >> if you want to, you know, legislate parents being dumb or not dumb, you figure out how to do it and we'll see if it works, but you can't blame the gun for the situation where you have a dumb parent. >> and getting back to the investigation, authorities right now as this great quote put out by one of the spokesperson for the county sheriff, the water here is so muddied as a result of the grief as a result of what this family is going through that they have to give it a day or two to just settle down before they can even begin to investigate exactly what went wrong, ashleigh. >> you know, i have a 5-year-old. and i have had a 2-year-old. and i'm just curious as to what kind of gun the purchase would have been for -- as i understand, i may be wrong, martin, but this is a birthday present that this child had received prior. he's 5 now, but he may have been 4 when he got the gun. what kind of gun was it? >> this particular rifle is known as a cricket rifle.
a cricket is a weapons manufacturer this kind of gun made specifically for young shooters, for children. it's designed to appeal to them in a number of ways, smaller in size, easy to handle, there's red and blue or pink. remember, of course, in much of the united states there is a proud history of hunting in rural areas of this country, the passing down of the use of firearms that's almost a rite of passage here. so many believe that if you teach a child properly how to use a weapon that of course you alleviate any potential dangers coming in the future. this would be a clear case where something went horribly wrong. as you pointed out, who would leave a loaded gun knowingly in a corner in reach of a child? that is the terrible mistake here. and unfortunately it's a mistake that this family will live with for the rest of their life. >> for the rest of their lives. 2-year-old and 5-year-old. i grew up with a gun rack in my house and my parents were rigid about the rules and the storage and the ammo.
it's just so tragic. martin savidge reporting for us live. thank you for that. very sad story. i want to draw your attention to a woman named linda ambard. she was running in the boston marathon and she was near the finish line when all of a sudden bombs went off. she'd been running in honor of her husband who died when he was attacked while fighting for the united states in afghanistan. linda's going to join me live to talk about the run and what she's doing to make sure that terrorists do not win in her world. [ female announcer ] a classic meatloaf recipe from stouffer's
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as boston stands strong in the face of this huge tragedy, there is one runner among the many who is determined to keep going despite what happened to her that day and what happened to her husband two years ago. her name is linda ambard. her husband was killed in an enemy attack while on duty in afghanistan. and she has been running marathons in his memory ever since as a way to find meaning in her life and as a way to just keep going. she was a quarter mile from the finish line when the bombs went off. and her dreams of honoring her late husband dissolved into smoke and fear and shattered glass and people running for their lives. linda's standing with me here today. and i'm glad that you're standing with me here today. and i know this must have been just so confusing when all of
this began. what were you thinking as this was happening? were you thinking more about your safety? were you thinking more about the attack in which your husband was killed? >> i was scared. i was very scared. it brought fear back into my life. i didn't know what was going on. i just sat in the dunkin donuts store and sobbed my eyes out. i didn't know what was happening. i knew there were bombs going off. i knew there were terrorists at the finish line and i didn't know if it was going to happen again. >> so despite the confusion you knew this was terrorism? >> i knew. and it started to be bandied around by other people that they thought it was a bomb. i just knew. at first i thought it was a cannon going off. actually, the person next to me thought it was a cannon going off. and i was like that doesn't make sense and it clicked right then. >> so close to the finish line, you were stopped, redirected and that was the end. >> we didn't even get a chance to be re-directed at that point. people started fleeing the
opposite direction of the way we were running. and they were fleeing and screaming, we all joined the onslaught backwards. >> you have five children. >> i do have five children. >> and telephone lines were jammed. >> yes, they were. >> and they had no idea if you were okay. >> for four hours they couldn't get a hold of me. and i have a daughter living overseas, i have a son in alaska, two in colorado springs and one in washington, d.c. >> you know, linda, you are probably one of the most humble people i will ever meet. she is not telling you something. four of your five children are in the military. >> four of five of my children are in the military serving. >> so this must have not only really hit hard for you, but for them as well not having been able to reach you knowing that your husband was killed in an attack in afghanistan and knowing they're in the military too. >> it brought fear back. and that's the biggest thing that the terrorists brought into my life is fear. i didn't have fear before terrorism. >> you chose to turn around what happened in your family with the
death, the murder of your husband, into running marathons in his honor. you've run a number of them. this was the big one. you'd been allowed in because of this, because of this mission of yours. what's happening with the mission? what are you doing? >> i'm going to press forward. i hope to god i get back to finish the boston marathon. i hope they invite me back. i'm certainly not fast enough. i want to say one more thing, it's not just about my husband. it's about every single person that didn't get to come home that wanted to come home. all the things that flash across the tv screen and all the families we're waiting for because every one of those men and women had dreams and hopes and were loved. and that's what this is about for me. >> you have had more of your fair share of this. but i love that you say that you're not going to be terror ieed by fear before. and i want to shake your hand. >> i want tor here as well. >> thank you for being with us. congratulations on just seizing this and making it yours and not theirs. great to hear. and our best to your kids and to
all of them. >> thank you. >> thank you everyone. that is the spirit. spirit. thanks so much for watching everyone in boston. i'm going to pass this off to my colleague wolf blitzer. "cnn newsroom" continues. thanks very much. hello. i'm wolf blitzer reporting from washington. up first, investigators in the boston bombings are zeroing in on the suspect's inner circle. right now three friends of the surviving suspect are in federal custody. they're all facing charges. authorities have more questions for the widow of tamerlan tsarnaev. the three friends of dzhokhar tsarnaev are accused of taking evidence from his dorm room and tossing it into a dumpster. deborah feyerick is olympijoini with an update. what do we know about these 19-year-olds and the specific chs